I Stole These Pictures From And I'm Not Giving Them Back.

Palladium Books will apparently be on-hand at the next stop on the Robotech Tour That Never Ends, next weekend's GenCon Indianapolis, with copies of the shiny new hardcover edition of the Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles RPG book (below), and a preview of the upcoming Macross Saga sourcebook (above).

The line art of the Haydonite critter is an interesting choice for the Shadow Chronicles book (shades of the old Sentinels VHS tape Palladium released with the Invid Hellcat front and center), but somehow I find myself more drawn to the Macross Saga sourcebook, where clearly a decision was made not to make this image too far afield from the original ROBOTECH RPG cover (which you can see below):

The Skull One imagery of the new cover isn't a bold choice (though I certainly would be cackling right now if Palladium had gone with a -1J in Skull One markings, ala the classic cover), but looking at one and then the other almost gives me the feeling of looking at a flip book. The similar planetary backdrop doesn't strike me as coincidental either. The key difference is that the old book had waves of Veritech Fighters approaching behind the lead Veritech, while the new one showcases a fleet of Zentraedi vessels in its background, ready to bombard our lone RDF hero. Now that I think about it, it is strange to see no enemy units on the original RPG book cover, isn't it? Huh ...

So, yay, new ROBOTECH product. Chew slowly, gang. We're going to have to make these last for a while ...

(Actually, come to think of it, Palladium should have the second Shadow Chronicles sourcebook and the Southern Cross sourcebook in the pipeline. So if the RPG's your thing, you've got a feast coming your way.)

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  • I love the cover art to the forthcoming Macross Saga sourcebook.

    By Blogger Callie, at 10 August, 2008 11:06  

  • I love that they kept the UN Spacy on the Strike packs and everything.

    I plan to try and pick up my copy of Shadow Chronicles today or tommorow while I'm in Austin!

    By Blogger Tolarin_Skylar, at 10 August, 2008 11:48  

  • Silly Tolarin-head, in ROBOTECH the FAST packs always have UN Spacy/RDF wing insignias on them. If they had the Skull markings on them this would be a very different post. (Something like, "Palladium Books totally pulled an Antarctic Press right there.")

    Bonus pedantic terminology comment: It's not a Strike pack unless it has a particle beam cannon on it.

    Thing I was too careless to notice and realized while I was out walking this afternoon: Oh, duh, it's the Shadow Chronicles RPG cover dressed up in Macross Saga/original Palladium RPG cover drag. Though it makes me wonder how they're going to handle Masters and New Gen since the main mecha of the former and the primary setting of the latter aren't space-based.

    By Blogger Captain JLS, at 11 August, 2008 04:06  

  • ah crap, if only I had more room for my book collection, I'd buy all of them *sigh*

    love those cover designs though.

    By Blogger All That Jazz, at 29 August, 2008 07:13  

  • BTW, my Switzer-y friend...

    Along with fixing some errata, the Deluxe Hardcover books add something else that was sorely missing: starships. Throws in two Haydonite cruisers, the Garfish-class, the Ikazuchi-class, and the Horizon-T (The New Generation style Horizont. The V is apparently going to be in a further book.)

    Strangely STILL missing are stats on important ships like, oh, say... the Icarus or the Ark Angel... and even more so the Super Shadow Alphas and Betas. (Palladium's reasoning is that the REF is dismantling them after the Haydonite attack and so forth... but it seems to me if you wanted to role play the Haydonite treachery, the best way to go about doing so would to show your strongest fighter become ABSOLUTELY useless. Of course, I'm pretty sure this means the Super Alphas will be released in an uncomming source book as well.)

    I'm gonna do a full review here some time soon on my journal and I'll most likely link to it... In general, I think its relaitvely a good system... I've always liked the Palladium Mega Damage-system. But I'll save that rant for my journal.

    -Tolarin, signing out!

    By Blogger Tolarin_Skylar, at 05 September, 2008 09:20  

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